BRITAIN'S Got Talent and Life Stories warm-up comedian Ian Royce has sadly died, prompting a flurry of celebrity tributes from presenters including Piers Morgan and Davina McCall.
GMB anchor Piers was close to tears on Tuesday's ITV breakfast show as he recalled his talented pal, who warmed up virtually all of his crowds for his Life Stories series.
Davina also took to Twitter to pay her respects following Ian's death, announced online by his daughter, yesterday.
Meanwhile Strictly Come Dancing's latest cohort of stars is slowly being revealed, with GMB host Ranvir Singh and BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo taking their place in a bid for the iconic Glitter Ball trophy.
In other news, Corrie legends Ken Barlow, Rita Tanner and Audrey Roberts will return for the soap's 60th anniversary special in December.
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HOW many engagement rings, if any, do you have?
Chances are not as many as Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, who owns a grand total of 14.
The mum of five married ex footie ace David in 1999, so has had plenty of time to collate her bling.
Victoria's latest Instagram snap showcases one of her eye-catching rings, with a huge gem stone set on a gold ring.
She made sure to show the band to full effect as she held her hand to her face, while snuggling up in a blue jumper.
FORMER Strictly Come Dancing star Stacey Dooley has given a huge thumbs-up to the show's first-ever same-sex pairing.
She took to her Twitter page after boxer Nicola Adams' spot on the BBC talent programme was revealed.
Stacey, who was paired with now-boyfriend Kevin Clifton during her time on the series, wrote: “Strictly are doing a same sex couple and YES THIS IS LONG OVERDUE!”
Olympian Nicola has been backed by bookies Ladbrokes and Coral as one of three favourites to scoop the Glitter Ball title.
Nicola and the rest of her Strictly co-stars can be found here.
IT'S a nail-biting moment for any parent – A-List celeb or otherwise, when their brood sets off for their first day at school.
After their tots were all suited and booted for their latest educational adventures, former Emmerdale star Adam Thomas and ex TOWIE favourite Amy Childs took to Instagram to document the milestone moments.
Essex star Amy told her daughter Polly, dressed in an adorable hat: “Go and get them my darling girl, mummy is so proud of you.”
Meanwhile Adam uploaded a shot of his son looking contemplative as he wrote: “First day back at school for big Ted.
“He aint so little any more.”
STRICTLY Come Dancing star Max George says there's “no chance” he'll be as good as former bandmate Jay McGuinness on the BBC series.
The popstar is following in the footsteps of his pal – who set the highest bar possible winning the series in 2015.
Talking to The One Show, Max said of Jay: “Oh no chance, there’s no comparison, but he might be able to mentor me maybe through zoom, he may be able to help me out.
“He did say he can imagine me like a little schoolboy, nervous.”
Find the full line-up so far here.
GOOD Morning Britain host Ranvir Singh has hinted she'll draw on her Bhangra dancing skills on Strictly Come Dancing – with co-host Adil Ray teasing her first routine.
The ITV anchor was confirmed to star on the BBC series today, accompanied by a flurry of fireworks on the breakfast show.
Her co-star Adil Ray, who covers for Piers Morgan while he is away, Tweeted his colleague to wish her support – and hint at ideas for a new routine.
He wrote: “Many congratulations @ranvir01 you’ll be fabulous.
“Looking forward to the first ever bollywood sari in the rain scene! You’ll be excellent! x”
THE new batch of Strictly Come Dancing stars are only just being revealed – but the bookies are backing three select stars for the win.
Coral have placed the show's first-ever same sex contestant, Nicola Adams, as joint favourite to scoop the Glitter Ball, with odds of 6-1.
Yet The Wanted singer Max George, and Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo are also sharing the same odds, making it a three horse race.
“Nicola Adams makes all the right moves with her feet in the boxing ring so we think she could be a big success on Strictly,” said Coral's John Hill.
Meanwhile, Ladbrokes have also placed the trio at 6-1, with the line-up for the BBC series yet to be finalised.
HOLLY Willoughby has her back to work This Morning style, quite literally, spot on.
The ITV anchor took to her Instagram page today to showcase her black mini-length dress with a black and white spot and swirl pattern.
She added the caption: “ Morning Wednesday … today’s hwstyle💁🏼♀️✨ on @thismorning …
“Dress by @frenchconnection See you at 10am on @itv xxx.”
No doubt the pretty garment, from the high street retailer, will sell out in seconds similar to many of her featured items, with today's dress featured above.
PIERS Morgan became uncharacteristically emotional on today’s GMB as he paid tribute to his pal, Life Stories comedian Ian Royce.
Ian's daughter Roxanna announced the sad news on Twitter last night saying her dad passed away aged 51, after being the beloved warm-up act for various ITV shows for 13 years.
This included Piers’ ITV series, Life Stories, as well as BGT and AGT.
On today’s breakfast show, he told viewers of Ian: “He was the best funniest warm up guy there was. Such a thankless task in so many ways. Roycey was the best I've ever worked with he did BGT, he did the American one when I went over there. He did almost every one of my Life Story shows.
“He was funny, he had a lot of demons which if you'd followed him on Twitter you will know.
“But he had a zest for life, he was a hilariously funny guy and he also had a great love for his daughter Roxanne who let me know yesterday.”
FASHION fans have been gushing over Love Island star Molly Mae Hague's new drop for Pretty Little Thing.
The online retailer has collaborated with the stunning influencer for a collection which includes pretty bralet tops, snug lounge trousers and an all-out-glam skintight wrap dress.
Molly's followers have been showing their appreciation on Twitter, with one commenting: “Stunning! Well done on everything you have achieved girl, you absolute queen.”
Another added: “She’s so beautiful!” as one confirmed: “I’ve already ordered.”
Prices for her line range from £2.50 to £67 and include accessories, shoes and clothes.
GLASTONBURY 2020 was a write off thanks to the coronavirus crisis (though the BBC did showcase a stinking range of highlights) but one star who won’t be appearing IRL in 2021 is Ellie Goulding.
The Sun exclusively revealed how the Starry Eyed singer won’t be headlining the al fresco festival when it returns, despite a drive for more female stars.
In an exclusive chat, Ellie — who has sold 100million singles and had a third No1 album with Brightest Blue in July — said: “I’ve headlined at so many festivals, but I think at some point it’s your time, and I just don’t think it’s my time.
“But I think it will be in the future. I’m convinced I’ve got a lot more in me to go, so maybe in another ten years. I would always put on a good show.
“I always do my very best and my performances are renowned for being pretty energetic. I think I could hold the crowd.”
GOOD Morning Britain host Ranvir Singh and BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo are the latest new recruits for Strictly Come Dancing.
The well-known broadcasters were confirmed for the BBC One talent show today after much speculation.
Ranvir was accompanied by a host of fireworks in the studio as she was revealed as the next GMB star to show off her fancy footwork on the series, after previous presenters Susannah Reid and Charlotte Hawkins also featured.
Ranvir, 35, said she wouldn't mind being struck down by the Strictly curse when she takes part in the 18th series of the show, telling GMB viewers: “Well, I am single!”
Meanwhile Clara, 36, spot was revealed on the Strictly Twitter page as the message revealed: “She's spinning straight into strictly2020.”
KATE FERDINAND SHARES PHOTO OF HER GROWING BUMP
Rio Ferdinand's three children have shown their excitement for their new sibling as they cradle their pregnant stepmum Kate's growing belly.
The beautiful family pic shows the family enjoying their holiday, but also their anticipation over their new member.
All dressed up on their summer holiday, the kids Tate, 12, Lorenz, 14, and Tia, nine, posed happily with Rio and Kate as two of them had her hands on her baby bump.
The former footballer captioned the tweet: “Family time,” alongside three love heart emojis.
SIENNA MILLER SPLITS FROM THIRD FIANCE
Sienna Miller has split from her third fiancé, Lucas Zwirner, just nine month after getting engaged, according to reports.
The British actress, 38, and the art gallery heir, 29, were pictured together last month, but sources have told Page Six the relationship is now over.
Sienna previously got engaged to Jude Law in 2004 and fellow actor Tom Sturridge in 2012.
This recent split is said to have created “a buzz in the art world”, but the reason behind it has yet to be revealed.
ANT AND DEC PAY TRIBUTE TO BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT WARM-UP STAR IAN ROYCE
Ant and Dec have paid tribute to Britain's Got Talent warm-up star Ian Royce, describing the comedian as an “integral part” of the team.
“We are sorry to hear of the passing of Ian 'Roycey' Royce,” the presenting duo said.
“He was an integral part of the bgt team for many years. Our thoughts are with his beloved Roxy and all his family. RIP Roycey. We'll never forget you. X.”
Royce had previously revealed he was an alcoholic and shared an appeal online to raise funds for rehab.
In September last year, he tagged stars including Ant and Dec, Simon Cowell and Robbie Williams, saying: “I am so grateful to so many for saving my life…..”
He added: “Thank you for a light…..”
IAN ROYCE DIES AGED 51
Britain's Got Talent's Ian Royce has passed away aged 51 from severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure, it has been confirmed.
Ian was the beloved warm-up act for the ITV series, and last October he revealed that Ant and Dec and Simon Cowell had paid for him to go to rehab to combat his alcohol addiction.
The star's family announced the sad news on Ian's Twitter page this evening, writing: “It is with our greatest regret that we have to tell you all that Ian has passed away today from severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure.
“He was in no pain and was surrounded by friends and family. He put up a good fight but is in a better place now.”
KATE FORD CHARGING FANS FOR VIDEO MESSAGES
Coronation Street's Kate Ford is asking fans for £26 for a personalised video message.
The actress, 43, is the latest to join the celebrity shout-out app Cameo – after Sally Ann Matthews condemned her co-stars for charging fans.
Kate, who plays Tracey Barlow on the ITV soap, recently joined Cameo and is requesting £26.56 per video message.
Her bio reads: “Hi there it’s Kate ford aka Tracey Barlow !! Looking forward to all your message requests!”
She has posted several examples of her birthday shout-outs to Corrie fans.
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SIMON COWELL FEARED BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT WOULD BE AXED
Simon Cowell feared Britain's Got Talent would be axed as he hinted at his return for the final after breaking his back.
Simon, 60, raised hopes he could return to the judging panel for the final after his freak accident last month as he spoke about the future of the ITV show during the coronavirus pandemic.
He reflected on the auditions earlier this year that were filmed just before lockdown, saying: “It was sad when we had to put the last audition show out not knowing if we would definitely get to do the remaining semi-final shows … but then I thought, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”
“I just thought that if we can talk to each other all over the world on something like Zoom then there must be a way for us to do the live shows.”
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THIS COUNTRY STAR DAISY MAY COOPER SHARES BABY NEWS
This Country star Daisy May Cooper said she has become a mum for the second time after welcoming an “absolutely perfect” baby boy.
She announced the news on Instagram, sharing a smiling selfie alongside the new arrival from her hospital bed.
In the snap, Daisy is looking down at her son, who is wearing a knitted red hat and wrapped in a blanket.
Her husband, Will Weston, is proudly beaming at them, gazing adoringly at his little one.
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JOHNNY DEPP REQUESTS DELAY IN AMBER HEARD TRIAL
Johnny Depp has requested a delay in his US defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard to accommodate filming for the latest Fantastic Beasts movie.
The Hollywood star launched legal action against the actress after she wrote an article in the Washington Post claiming to be a victim of domestic violence.
According to legal papers lodged in Virginia, production on Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts 3 is set to begin in London in October, following coronavirus-related delays.
Filming may finish in February, according to Depp's lawyers, which would clash with the 50 million dollar (about £37 million) defamation lawsuit, scheduled to run from January 11 to 28.
FIRST THREE STRICTLY COME DANCING CONTESTANTS UNVEILED
Actress Caroline Quentin, former NFL star Jason Bell and The Wanted singer Max George are the first three famous faces confirmed to appear in Strictly Come Dancing.
The Men Behaving Badly actress was the first contestant to be unveiled during The One Show on BBC One.
She said: “I am thrilled and terrified in equal measure to be taking part.”
Bell, who used to play for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, is best known to UK audiences as the host of The NFL Show on the BBC, alongside Osi Umenyiora, with whom he also hosts The Jason & Osi Podcast.
George was the third star to be unveiled and will follow in the footsteps of his former bandmate Jay McGuiness, who won the show in 2015 with professional partner Aliona Vilani.
DAME JUDI DENCH DOES NOT WANT TO BE CALLED A NATIONAL TREASURE
Dame Judi Dench has said she “loathes” being referred to as a “national treasure” because she does not want to be a “relic”.
The veteran actress, 85, said she would like to play more villains so she can continue to surprise people.
Speaking to David Tennant on his podcast, he asked if she felt pressure to be a national treasure.
She replied: “No, no, no. I loathe that word. It's something very, very dusty, behind a glass, in a corner.
“I don't want to be a relic.”
LOVE ISLAND'S ADAM COLLARD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
Love Island star Adam Collard has said he has tested positive for coronavirus after a trip to Greece.
The reality star said there are “no exceptions” to who can catch the illness and his diagnosis shows it can be “caught by anyone”.
Collard said the friend he travelled with has tested negative, as have other people at his gym.
Writing on his Instagram story, he wrote: “A hell of a lot of people DMing me asking what this is like and where it's from etc.
“First point, my best mate and me shared a bed/flight for 4 days together in Greece and he's Negative and I'm Positive. So it could be from anywhere.”
NORTHERN IRISH YOUTUBER JOINS BLUE PETER PRESENTING LINE-UP
Northern Irish YouTuber Adam Beales is the latest presenter to join the Blue Peter team.
The 20-year-old, from Londonderry, will make his debut as presenter number 40 on Thursday, alongside the current line-up of Lindsey Russell, Richie Driss, Mwaka Mudenda and Henry the dog.
Beales, known online as Adam B, follows in the footsteps of fellow Northern Irish presenters the late Caron Keating and, more recently, Zoe Salmon.
He said: “I'm super excited to become Blue Peter Presenter number 40. I am humbled and ecstatic to be part of such a legendary production.
“It's kind of weird – in a super exciting way – that the show I once watched when I was younger, is now the show I will be presenting along with the talented Lindsey, Richie, Mwaksy and of course, Henry.
“I can't wait to get stuck in, even with the challenges they throw at me, though I am hoping none of them involve cheese – I hate cheese!”
CORONATION STREET’S BEVERLEY CALLARD VOWS TO WALK AGAIN
Beverley Callard has vowed to learn to walk again by the end of the year so she can film her final scenes as Liz McDonald.
The actress, 63, has been left in excruciating pain and needing intense physiotherapy after a routine hip operation went wrong.
She was left needing a full hip replacement to fix her crumbled joint after her initial surgery and feared she'd be in a wheelchair for life.
But having summoned the strength her alter-ego Liz is known for, Beverley is focused on returning to the soap.
She told the Mirror: “This is the toughest fight of my life but I am determined to win it.
“I love playing her [Liz] and she has inspired me to want to get on my feet again so I can do it one last time.”
SHEERAN’S BABY NAME FOR DAUGHTER ‘HIDES A SUBTLE SIGN ABOUT HIS WORLD VIEW’
Ed, 29, and Cherry, 28, announced the arrival of their new baby girl to the world via Instagram, revealing they'd chosen Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran for her name.
Fans are now pointing out that Lyra is the name of the main character of Sir Philip Pullman’s popular fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, and speculating that this is what inspired the first name.
Now baby name expert SJ Strum, from Channelmum.com, told Fabulous Digital the singer had chosen a “powerful” middle moniker for his daughter.
SJ said: “The place name trend is huge with thousands of parents naming babies each year after a location with meaning to them.
“Ed recently took part in the One Earth charity single to raise awareness of climate change so it’s likely Antarctica references this ethics here.
“It’s so powerful to name a newborn after one of the most remote yet vital places on the planet.”
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